My Grand Mother said stories of how Razakars made them dance naked around Bathukamma.
She said she was between 12 -15 yrs then. She is no more now. Every One of her generation will say episodes of atrocities by Razakars.

They spared women only if she can pee as far as men, that's their Legacy.
Her name was "Veeramma".
She said - When Razakars entered village everybody hid themselves in Cattle "Koshtams". They beat men till they pissed in their Dhothis. The raped women by Razakars remained like a Widow.
They took away around 10 sheeps from our koshtam, she heard her father whispering - Let them take, our women are spared.
Only one or two remain in my village (Rachur) even today who can narrate their "Ashleel Atrocities" & Lament proudly how they got over it.
Even Today many temples & their "Moola Viraats" (Chief Deities) lie desecrated by Razakars for wealth beneath them. Few villages like mine resecrated them with "Saptahams".
There is beautiful "Eka Shila" Bhairava Murti in my village which was stoned by Razakars whenever they passed by, later became custom because villagers believed he was responsible for all their mishaps. Even I stoned it in my childhood (Even today I regret).
Today the Bhairava stands as proof of their atrocities on Hindus, their festivals, their temples & Their women.

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